Getting a summer job isn't just for staying busy or earning extra money when school is out. Summer jobs teach high school and college students life skills—money management, self-confidence, responsibility, and how to be part of a diverse workforce. The process of getting a summer job also helps students learn job skills like how to put together a resume and nail an interview. Companies looking for summer workers typically don't require any previous work experience, making this seasonal work perfect for students developing their resumes.
There are plenty of jobs available for students looking to work between school years. Summer break opens the doors to outdoor jobs like being a lifeguard, camp counselor, or caddy at a local golf club. Restaurant jobs are also popular and will help you develop customer service skills.
Since most summer jobs are service-related, you can start by searching for service jobs on Monster. You can also look at jobs that fall into a similar category, including:
Employers look for a common core of skills and traits in potential summer employees along with any specific skills you may have (like knowing how to landscape). These include a strong work ethic, emotional intelligence, poise, the ability to prioritize, and a track record of success in other areas like school and sports. Here is a Monster article that has some tips on how to score the best summer job.
Treat that summer job like a full-time job and utilize "real-world" tools. The most important of these is a resume. Plug your info into this resume template designed especially for students. Or, look at other resume samples if you have a particular occupation in mind and browse resume writing tips to look your best on paper. Has anyone told you about cover letters? You need to write one—it accompanies your resume and tells the employer why you're interested in and qualified for the job. We have a cover letter sample for recent graduates and cover letter writing tips available on Monster to help you get past your writer's block.
Whether an employer interviews you on the phone or in person, you need to be prepared. Not to worry—Monster has a library of articles on preparing for a job interview to help you practice your answers to all the toughest questions in advance.
Your pay will depend on the job and where you live. The median pay for a server in a restaurant is $11.24 an hour, while a warehouse worker can expect to make $14.36 per hour. Check out Monster's Salary Tools to find out what you can expect to make in any job in different parts of the country. You'll also discover which skills can boost your value and what future jobs your summer job can help you prepare for.
Are you excited about looking at what summer jobs are available in your area? You're on a page with a list of them! You can also create a profile on Monster so we can send you new job alerts and job-hunting tips to help you throughout your career.